WednesdaySeptember 15, 2021

CState joins "Moon Shot for Equity" initiative with Miami, NKU, and Gateway

On Wednesday, Sep. 15, a new higher education partnership titled "Moon Shot for Equity" will launch at a news conference at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

The news conference will be available to live stream starting at 8:30 a.m. at

The new regional partnership includes Miami University, Northern Kentucky University, Cincinnati State, and Gateway Community & Technical College.

"Moon Shot for Equity" is a national initiative that aims to close equity gaps within regional cohorts of two-year and four-year colleges and universities by 2030. The institutions will work together and with EAB, a technology and research organization, to help more students from historically underserved populations graduate from college.

Participants in the kick-off event include:

  • Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education Randy Gardner
  • President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education Dr. Aaron Thompson
  • Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber President Jill Meyer
  • Cincinnati State President Monica J. Posey
  • Gateway President Dr. Fernando Figeuroa
  • Miami President Gregory P. Crawford
  • NKU President Dr. Ashish Vaidya

Dr. Posey said, during the College Update on Sep. 13, that Provost Robbin Hoopes will lead the implementation of "Moon Shot for Equity" activities at Cincinnati State. She also said more information about the new initiative will be available soon.

Sep. 27 is School Picture Day (for employees)

On Monday, Sep. 27, all Cincinnati State employees can get a professional "head shot" photo at no cost.

  • The CState Marketing Department is bringing Rooted Photography to Clifton Campus to take faculty and staff photos.
  • All full-time and part-time/adjunct College employees may participate.
  • Your photo will be stored in the College's Marketing database for future use, and you can use your photo in your LinkedIn profile, for professional conferences, or for other professional communications that require a photo.

Photos will be taken on Sep. 27 from noon to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. (Common Time) in the Board Room (Main 352) near the Conference Center.

Amy Wagner, CState Manager of Web and Digital, will sign you in before your photo is taken.

  • To ensure uniformity in faculty and staff photos, Marketing asks you to wear a plain, neutral-colored shirt/top that is considered "business casual." If your work at the College includes a uniform or if you have department attire (golf shirt or long-sleeved shirt) you may wear that attire for your photo.
  • Please do not wear a t-shirt (including Cincinnati State t-shirts) as your photo attire.
  • Please arrive with your hair and makeup "done" to your liking. However, a makeup artist/hair stylist will be on hand to help if small touch-ups are needed.

Employees based at Harrison, Middletown, and WDC are encouraged to come to Clifton Campus on Sep. 27, but if that's not possible, separate photo days will be scheduled for other campuses.

A "make up" photo date also will be scheduled in the future for those unable to attend the sessions on Clifton Campus on Sep. 27.

(Note: you will not be entitled to a re-shoot if you just don't like the way you look at your initial photo session... so please prepare carefully for the big day!)

Celebrate Constitution Day virtually on Sep. 16

On Thursday, Sep. 16, Cincinnati State will celebrate Constitution Day.

All members of the College community (especially students) are invited to participate in a virtual Consitituion Day Trivia contest, taking place from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Constitution Day-- also known as Citizenship Day-- is celebrated on September 17 each year to commemorate the day in 1787 that delegates to the first U.S. Constitutional Convention (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and more than 30 other "founding fathers") signed the document that established the U.S. national government.

In 2004, the U.S. Congress designated Sep. 17 as Constitution Day, with requirements for public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote better understanding of the Constitution and citizenship (both native-born and naturalized).

To learn more about America's founding principles and about voting as a civic duty, participate in CState's Constitution Day activities, or visit:

Bring in your Food Pantry donations by Sep. 17

The Surge Cupboard Student Food Pantry is seeking contributions from the College community this week to re-stock the pantry that has been closed since March 2020.

Your contributions will help the Surge Cupboard prepare for reopening on Sep. 21 to serve Cincinnati State students who are dealing with food insecurity.

Food donation barrels are located each of the four academic division offices, where you can bring your donations any time before 3 p.m. on Friday, Sep. 17.

Food donations should be new, non-perishable items in cans, pouches, or boxes. (No glass containers, please.) If you're going shopping, consider:

  • Mac & cheese
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Rice or grains
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Canned soup, vegetables, or meats
  • Breakfast foods
  • Baking goods
  • Other prepared foods

The Surge Cupboard Food Pantry team thanks the College community for your assistance and support. 

If you have questions, contact any member of the team: Mimi Albers, Marybeth Barnes, Patty Edwards, Meredith Effler, Denise Gabrelski, Angela Haensel, Soni Hill, Kelly Hubbard, Janet Schlaak, and Abbey Yee.

Online Learning Support for Faculty - Sep. 15-17

The Office of Online Learning is providing Blackboard Office Hours and other resources for instructors this week via Zoom.

For more information, visit the "Support/Training" section of the COVID-19 Faculty Resources site in Blackboard. Look for this site near the bottom of your list of Blackboard courses.

Help is also available from the Center for Teaching and Learning for improving courses, regardless of format.

Blackboard Office Hours are facilitated by Dr. Jon McKamey (via Zoom)

  • Wednesday, Sep. 15 - 1-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sep. 16 - 8-9 a.m.
  • Thursday, Sep. 16 - noon- 1 p.m.
  • Friday, Sep. 17 - 11 a.m.-noon

Drop-in as needed to get help with specific Blackboard tools, troubleshooting, or any remote learning-related topic. Come prepared with your specific needs and you'll get help seeking solutions.

Join Jon on Zoom at

  • Meeting ID: 810 6058 5299  |  Passcode: 672017

Remote Assistance from the Instructional Designer

Dr. Jon McKamey is available to provide remote assistance via Zoom to help individuals with online course and Blackboard issues.

Contact Jon by email ( for an appointment and Zoom room details.

Faculty members are encouraged to sign up for the self-paced, 6-module online course Teaching Online for Cincinnati State, facilitated by Dr. McKamey.

Faculty can enroll in the course at any time. See the weekly PDF training schedule for more information.

Zoom Support for Faculty & Staff is facilitated by Paul D. DeNu (via Zoom)

To schedule an appointment for help with Zoom troubleshooting or training, send email to Paul at, and then you can join Paul on Zoom at the scheduled time.

Join Paul on Zoom at

  • Meeting ID: 814 3861 4572  |  Passcode: 5m201r

Paul is also available by appointment to provide individual training and help with concerns related to Zoom, as well as help with other learning technology (Collaborate, audio/video work, Screencast-O-Matic, closed captioning, accessibility, and Blackboard assistance).

Julee Johns, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the CTL Learning Facilitators, are available by appointment.

Call (513) 569-1724 to leave a message for a return call.

The CTL Blackboard site (in your list of Blackboard courses) has resources to assist with Fall 2021 classroom management issues.

Faculty and staff members are invited to sign up for individual coaching sessions with Learning Facilitator Dr. Valencia Moses throughout Fall Semester.

Coaching sessions with "Dr. V" are available via Zoom during her office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

  • Use this link to schedule a 30-minute session tailored to meet your needs or explore a topic of interest:
  • After signing up for your session, you will receive a unique, passcode-protected link to connect with Dr. V on Zoom

Conversation topics during Summer CTL office hours included classroom management issues, engaging learners, ideas for curriculum and classroom activities, self-care, resume/CV review, and other topics of interest that support Cincinnati State teaching and learning.

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